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Are you on a healthy diet? Is it okay to accept an invitation to go to that new restaurant and indulge yourself with the foods and drinks? Some people resist on eating out due to the health concern; the calories, fat, calories, sodium and sugar can add up quickly if you eat out regularly and some others may think about the budget. Restaurant food is more fattening than home cooking. But did you know that you can still be able to treat yourself with your favorite menus without having to sacrifice your healthy diet? Here are some good tips.
The first step is to plan ahead where you are going to dine out. Try to select a restaurant that not only allows you to choose how your food is cooked, but also allows you to substitute high-calorie food with healthier ingredients that are low in calorie, and low in fat.
Drink a lot of water. This will not only help you fill up, so you will eat lesser, but this also help and aids your digestion. Avoid ordering an alcoholic beverage or soda drink. They contain from 200 to 300 calories. Or else you can try unsweetened tea, milk, fortified soy beverage or 100% fruit juice without sugar addition. You have saved yourself a substantial number of calories.
Keep it small in portion by not ordering super-size meal. If it comes in package, don’t feel awkward to share the meal with your friend. Or else you can always ask to take the leftovers home and have it for the next day. Skip the appetizers as they may have a full chunk of calories.
Before ordering, take your time to navigate the whole menu. If you have question on how the food is being prepared and what the ingredients are just ask the question to the waiter. Food preparation is essential. Avoid oily and fried foods. Instead, you should only look for foods that have been baked, steamed, broiled, grilled or roasted. Look for tomato-based sauces rather than cream-based sauces. As for salads, choose dark green salads like spinach and romaine.
Furthermore, substitute French fries, chips or other high-fat foods with vegetables, salads, or fruits. When ordering grilled fish or vegetables, ask that the food must be grilled without little butter or oil, or with no butter and oil, whichever possible.
In conclusion, even though you are on a healthy diet, it is still possible to eat out with your family members and friends. Eating smart is not only good for your health but also for your wallet.